Multiple terror attacks in France, including one against a Paris kosher grocer in January that killed members of Parisian Jewish community, has seen a 10% rise this year of Jewish immigration from France to Israel. This was a 15 year high.
Despite France having the largest Jewish population in Europe, an estimated 550,000, Israel’s Jewish Agency reported that 7,900 French Jews had moved to Israel in 2015.
“Each has his or her reason, including the economic crisis, personal security, terrorist attacks, and, in some places and times, an anti-Jewish mood,” agency spokesman Yigal Palmor said.
Palmor said wider Jewish immigration to Israel reached a 15-year high in 2015, with around 30,000 new arrivals. He noted a high number of arrivals from economically troubled Russia and civil war-torn Ukraine.